Sermon Archive

We pick up the story with everything in perfect balance and harmony. No pain or trouble or tears, and then something terrible happens. There are some details we don’t know, but here is what God has revealed to us. Just like creation, this part of the story starts in heaven with an absolutely magnificent angel, Lucifer. He was one of, if not the most beautiful, wise and powerful angels God ever created. (Eze 28:12-19; Isa 14:12-15) Not only was he matchless in beauty, but God gave him authority over God’s holy mountain, and heavenly sanctuaries.

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Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Now creation was finished, existing in perfect balance, peace, love and harmony with the God who created it. Adam and Eve, living in this beautiful garden in perfect unity with their creator God. Walking and talking with him in joy filled relationship. No pain, tears, thorns, fears, uncertainty just full, perfect, peaceful life. As we read the beginning of the Story of Hope, there are so many truths about God to find in the symphony of creation. Let’s look at three of them briefly.

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Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Do you remember the funniest story you ever heard? The scariest? The saddest? Stories are incredibly powerful things. They can make us laugh, cry and imagine things that are beyond the reach of reality. We all love a great story! As we begin this new series, we will be hearing, reading and studying "Story of Hope." This is God’s story to all mankind for all of human history, yet despite its vast scope, this story contains an incredible unity of message and purpose. As we will see, it is a story that begins perfectly, goes terribly wrong, yet ends better than anyone could Hope. The best part of all, it’s a true story! This story traces 8 key themes through the 66 books of the Bible: God, Man, Sin, Death, Christ, Cross, Faith, Life. Many of us have read the bible cover to cover, some many times, some never. What we trust and pray this series will do, is give us all a deep and clear understanding of God’s BIG story as it moves through the many smaller stories contained in the Bible. Our first order of business is to take a quick look at the Author of this beautiful story.

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Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 10:15am PDT

Special Annoucements. Introduction to new series. Preview of upcoming classes.

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Category:Special -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

As we converse with our friends about the Christian faith, inevitably we will make reference to the Bible and what it reveals about creation, man, evil, Jesus etc. No longer can we assume a general acceptance of the Bible as supernaturally inspired and authoritative. Instead, we must be prepared to answer our friends' questions and/or objections of the Bible's authority.

The challenge can be reduced to a simple question: "What kind of book is the Bible?" There are only two plausible answers. The Bible is merely a book by man about God, or it is a book given by God through man, to man. If the Bible is merely a book by man about God, then the Bible is a record of human wisdom marked by human limitations. That's all. If the Bible is a book given by God through man, to man, then God is the ultimate author and His word is the last word. Further, being essentially a supernatural book, it would likely bear supernatural marks, God's fingerprints in a sense.

Do we have any good reasons to think God has spoken supernaturally in the Bible? The way to answer this question is to look at the book itself. Here are six reasons it is reasonable to believe the Bible is God's book, six evidences of supernatural authorship conveniently paired with parts of the hand so you won’t forget.

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Category:Use Your Words -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

We continue with our message…
As we are sharing the Faith with others we need to be clear and to make clear two important ideas:
-Truth is not like ice cream
-Faith is not wishing

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Category:Use Your Words -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

As we are sharing the Faith with others we need to be clear and to make clear two important ideas:

- Truth is not like ice cream
- Faith is not wishing

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Category:Use Your Words -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

We are ambassadors for Christ and we affect peoples’ opinion about Jesus. Notice 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 says …we are ambassadors….  It does not say we should be ambassadors.  It is in the indicative; you are an ambassador. The question is not if we are ambassadors, but are we good ambassadors. God is making His appeal to the unsaved through us. How well are we communicating God’s message?

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Category:Use Your Words -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

We are evangelicals. We believe we are called to evangelize, that is, preach the good news that forgiveness of sin and eternal life can be had through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We take seriously the Great Commission..

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Category:Use Your Words -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

As Christians, we believe some incredible things. One of the most incredible is that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. We believe a Jewish man born 2000 years ago who probably stood about 5’6” most likely with black hair and a black beard, olive skin, who worked as a carpenter is also God. That he’s the one who created the universe and holds the atoms together by the power of his word. That’s a pretty stunning thing to believe about a man. Islam and Judaism vehemently, violently reject this idea about Jesus. Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons reject this idea about Jesus. In fact, the vast majority of humanity for the passed 2000 years rejects this idea about Jesus. Are we crazy for believing a man is God? We would be if there wasn’t good evidence for the truth of this claim; there are several lines of evidence that support Jesus’ claim to be God.
One of the most powerful, in fact, one which Jesus used with great affect, is Psalm 110.

One thousand years before Jesus, God revealed three specific facts about the coming Messiah. The only person in all of human history to fulfill this prophecy is Jesus Christ. In this study I hope to encourage you that our faith in Jesus is based on powerful evidence. I also hope to encourage greater confidence sharing with unbelievers why you are trusting Jesus as your Savior. Psalm 110 is the Psalm most often quoted in the New Testament. It was written by King David. The Holy Spirit guided David; David predicted things he could not have known nor would have come to his mind.

Direct download: 2017-0716_Poems_Nelson.mp3
Category:Poems with a Purpose -- posted at: 8:30am PDT